March 5th, 2008
11:18 AM ET
15 years ago

New ad links McCain, Bush

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="New ad links Bush and McCain."] (CNN) - A recently-formed group that debuted a million-dollar attack ad against presumptive GOP nominee John McCain this week is backed by deep-pockets Democratic donors planning a major campaign-year push.

The Campaign to Defend America, which is backed financially by the Fund for America, began airing “McSame” in the crucial general election swing state of Ohio earlier this week. The ad compares McCain’s and the president’s positions on tax cuts, energy policy, health care and the war in Iraq, saying that the Arizona senator is “McSame as Bush.”

“Tell John McCain we need a new direction. Not the McSame old thing,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot.

Late last year, shortly after it formed, the Campaign ran tough ads targeting four Republican senators over their support for President Bush’s policy in Iraq.

The Fund is a 527, which means it does not face typical federal restrictions on fundraising and spending, as long as it does not coordinate with or directly advocate for a particular candidate. The Campaign for America is a 501 (c) (4) issue advocacy group.

The group’s official leadership includes Anna Burger of the Service Employees International Union and Change to Win, which have endorsed Democrat Barack Obama, and Rob McKay of the Democracy Alliance, a coalition of some of the party’s wealthiest backers. The SEIU and progressive philanthropist George Soros have already donated millions to the effort.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: John McCain • President Bush
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Concerned Citizen

    Strange bedfellows....Bush gives McCain the kiss of death. Uggg!

    March 5, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. JB, Oakland

    This is great and will stick. The old man needs to retire.

    March 5, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Franky

    LOL!!!!!! Isn't that nice, Senator McCain is giving President Bush a hug, LOL!!!! Ohh boy, I love this....

    March 5, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Reality check #1

    McSame, met McShame is what it should read.

    March 5, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Tony, Powell, OH

    To All Democrats:

    Understand that this kind of ad backfires. But go ahead and do it anyway. Don't you get that the American people are sick of this???? But do'll give us Republicans the McElection.

    March 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. LeAnn

    If you look up the word disaster in the dictionary… You’ll see that pic right next to it!

    March 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Vet in S.A.

    God forbid they use this money for the poor!

    March 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. MNDem


    March 5, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Dave Kalling

    In the past, John McCain's posturing was as a "wild duck" with regards to the general direction of his Republican counterparts. This opposite positioning is what made him appealing to many Americans.

    Today, and from this point forward, he will absolutely be the SAME as the Bush administration, and consequently be forced to work from a position that has least on the surface...uncomfortable for him. If it is not, than the truth will out, and he and GW are in fact joined at the hip.

    It will be of little consequence which candidate the Democratic Party will oppose him with for the presidential race. McCain...or McSAME as the recently published ad refers to him, will lose by the widest margin ever recorded in presidential history, and be shamed for the rest of his life.

    March 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Bill, Manhattan, NYC

    Today's endorsement and this picture will be his undoing!

    March 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Kevin,FL

    This ad is brilliant

    March 5, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. KMAN

    McSame ... How true, except Bush is much better at articulating his thoughts and he's a better DECIDER too!!! sic

    March 5, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |